I'm currently in the process of switching my ancient (15 yr old) 15cf chest freezer from temperature controlled fermentation chamber to overflow keg storage. The freezer has been unplugged for sometime because I only need a heating element running off the STC-1000 for fermentation this time of the year. Now, that I'm not fermenting anything, I have a handful of kegs that are sitting on deck. My up-stairs keezer is only 5cf and maxes our with 2 corny kegs. To expand my capacity, I want to utilize the larger chest freezer (located in the basement) to offer additional drinking options in a simple, primitive way (using picnic taps).
So, here's the problem: if I plug the freezer directly into an outlet it turns on and runs correctly. If I plug it into the cold side of the STC-1000 it doesn't start up (only clicks once without the compressor kicking on).
Since it's an older unit, I have the STC-1000 set to a 2+ degree Celsius differential and a 6 minute compressor delay. I also confirmed that the STC-1000 is rated at 120v / 10 amps. The freezer listed at 5amps, so the STC-1000 should be capable of powering it. I have sat around patiently waiting for it to start up without success.
I was worried that this freezer might be too old for reliability, but the fact I can plug it into the wall outlet with successful operation several minutes after it fails to start with the STC-1000 has me curious.
I know there are a lot of topics about the STC-1000 unit on HBT. I apologize if this is a common problem and I missed the other threads. If not, has anyone else experienced a similar issue? Any suggestions or ideas?
Thanks in advance.